The X-Men have returned to their rightful place as one of the best teams in the Marvel Universe, thanks to the workforce of writers such as Jonathan Hickman, Benjamin Percy, Lea Thompson and others. The team is currently going through a membership drive, and readers can even vote on who could be on the team. With the caliber of villains the team faces, they can use all the help they can get.

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While it’s not likely to happen, a great place to look for new members would be the anime world, which is full of characters who could easily join the team, as well as those who couldn’t.

10 He could join the X-Men: any of the My Hero Academia students

This is kind of a no-brainer. It is often said that if X-Men fans want to participate in any anime, My hero academia is the one they should be looking for, since the two concepts are very similar: two schools for young people with superpowers to learn to be heroes and how to use their powers.

The UA High School students would fit in perfectly with the Xavier School students, another quirky cast of characters with great powers. Also, it would be a lot of fun to watch them interact with the older X-Men who would teach them how to use their powers.

9 Failed to join the X-Men: Tetsuo Shima (Akira)

There are many reasons why Tetsuo Shima, villain of the 80s classic Akira, could not join the X-Men, the first was that he was not born with his powers. While this isn’t always a deal breaker with the X-Men (see members like Mimic and Longshot), it works against them. He also showed that he was not very good with authority and did not listen to the other team members.

Although he was quite understanding, he was too volatile and the lack of control of his powers would definitely make it difficult for the team to trust him. He would be just as likely to attack the X-Men if they came to help him as he would accept their help.

8 Could join the X-Men: Akira (Akira)

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While it wasn’t as much of a part of anime as manga was, Akira’s shadow loomed over classic anime. His powerful mental abilities made him a human weapon like the world had never seen before and the X-Men would be a great place for him to learn about their powers.

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There’s a good chance that if Akira had teamed up with the team, the disaster his powers caused would never have happened. He would have learned to control his vast mental powers from some of the most powerful psionic talents in the world and this would have worked very well for him and the world.

7 Failed to join The X-Men: Major Motoko Kusanagi (Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex)

Motoko, ghost in the shell

Major Motoko Kusanagi of Ghost in the shell Y Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex She has the discipline and skills to work with the X-Men and is used to teamwork, but she wouldn’t be a good fit with the team either. To begin with, all of her cybernetic enhancements would not count as super powers and she is not a mutant.

Even if he was somehow allowed to join the team, they don’t really need another military-trained spy and assassin, the X-Men are lousy about it already. The Major just wouldn’t be of much help to the X-Men and her mission wouldn’t appeal to her either.

6 Could join the X-Men: Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto)

Naruto Uzumaki from Naruto ready to fight

Naruto Uzumaki is used to going to a school to learn how to use his abilities, so part of joining the X-Men wouldn’t be too much for him. There are several ninjas on the team, such as Psylocke and Wolverine, who can continue to train him in martial arts. It would also be of great help to the team in battle; While the academic side of things isn’t his strong suit, his intelligence on the battlefield makes him a great asset.

It can be a bit difficult to work with Naruto, but the X-Men are used to members doing their thing, bringing them into the team and making them great team players.

5 Failed to join the X-Men: Spike Spiegel (Cowboy Bebop)

Spike Spiegel (Cowboy Bebop)

The X-Men are no strangers to people from the future joining the team, so Spike Spiegel would be fine in that regard. It is the total lack of powers that would disqualify him from the team. Sure, he’s good in a fight, but the X-Men don’t really need a guy like him around.

Spike is also a mercenary, and the moment he found out that the team didn’t pay, he would be out. It would be nice for a team or two with the group, seeing him and Cyclops colliding would be great fun, but the team would never think of him as membership material.

4 Could join the X-Men: Goku (Dragon Ball Z)

Goku would fit in very well with the X-Men. It’s all about training to get better and you would love the Danger Room. While he’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer, he’s a great person to have around, as he’ll do anything for the people he cares about. He also makes friends quickly and has a heart of gold, which would serve him well as a member of the team.

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His power level would make him a great asset to the team, allowing them to defeat just about anyone they come up against and his powers, which come from his Saiyan heritage, could be interpreted as mutant powers. He would also enjoy the camaraderie of the team, reminding him of his times with his friends in the Z Fighters.

3 I couldn’t join The X-Men: Vegeta (Dragon Ball Z)

The X-Men are no strangers to villains or former villains joining the group, but Vegeta would be a way too far for them. Sure, he’s not the bad boy he was when he first came to Earth, but he’s still very difficult to deal with and his arrogance and attitude would put the team off immediately. For his part, he wouldn’t want to be a member of the team because that would mean having to follow the orders of people he would consider inferior.

Vegeta doesn’t mind working with the other Z Fighters, but being an X-Man would be completely different and not something he would like to do at all.

two Could join the X-Men: Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece)

Monkey D. Luffy would make a great X-Man. Sure, her Devil Fruit abilities aren’t innate, but that never stopped the X-Men before. Luffy can be a bit difficult to handle at times, but it’s nothing the X-Men aren’t used to. He would be a great asset in battle and he would love the Danger Room. Also, he and Nightcrawler would be great friends: Nightcrawler is all about pirates.

Luffy would learn a lot as a member of the X-Men and while the food budget would go up a lot if he were on the team, it would be worth it for how formidable Luffy is.

1 Failed to join the X-Men: Eren Yeager (Attack On Titan)

Eren Yeager in Attack on Titan

Eren Yeager has been through a lot in his short life: losing his mother to the Titans, constantly fighting them to survive, and learning the devastating truth about what is really happening in the world. All of this has changed him and is leading him down a dark path, one that anime viewers are only seeing now, but manga readers know him very well.

Eren has only one goal in life now and he doesn’t care what happens to anyone in his path. This attitude would not fit in well with the X-Men and neither he nor the team would want him as a member.

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